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Paul Sidney, Of WLNG, Dies At 69

Originally Posted: April 03, 2009


Paul Sidney in May 2007 at the New York State Broadcasters Association awards.
Photo courtesy of WLNG

Sag Harbor - Paul Sidney, well-known general manager, co-owner and on-air host of WLNG 92.1 FM radio in Sag Harbor, NY, died on Wednesday, April 1. He was 69 years old.

Sidney had been an on-air voice at WLNG since the station began in 1963. He started as a part-time contributor while still working at WLIS in Connecticut before WLNG's recruited him to be its first program manager in early 1964.

Since then, he had become the station's most well known voice and face and an icon in local hamlets, particularly Sag Harbor, where he regularly took up an observation post on a sidewalk bench outside his apartment when not on the air.

WLNG announcer and co-owner Gary Sapian, who had worked with Sidney since 1964, indicated that Sidney had been battling leukemia.

Sidney was known for broadcasting from his mobile broadcasting booth set up in a converted public bus, a format that he developed over the years covering community events. He was also known for enlisting business owners to broadcast their own commercials on air. He was honored with induction into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2007.




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Guest (alan w.) from BKLYN,NY says::
PAUL SIDNEY OF WNLG RADIO WHOSE PASSING WILL BE MISSED BY ALL. I DID NOT KNOW PAUL WELL, BUT ALL THE TIMES I VISITED SAG HARBOR IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, PAUL WOULD BE SITTING ON A BENCH PEACEFULLY READING OR SMILING AT PEDESTRIANS, AS THEY WALKED. HE WAS SUCH A PLEASANT MAN. I AM SAD THAT I NEVER A CONVERSATION WITH HIM. IF I DID I AM SURE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY INTERESTING TO CHAT WITH.
May 4, 2009 2:38 pm

Guest (Pineneck Tom) from Noyac says::
Paul always stuck to his roots, the locals and the old time pre seventies summer visitors. He didn't kowtow to the money invaders and nouveau riche who started invading "The Hamptons" starting in the 80's[like some other local personality] Great memories...
Apr 6, 2009 9:37 pm

Guest (Hampton Realtor) from Sag Harbor says::
I would see Paul on his bench, since we were the same age,old rock and rollers I would name a song and he would name the artist, label and year. A great guy he will be missed.
Apr 4, 2009 11:36 pm

Guest (Marion Greene) from Lauderdale By The Sea, Florida says::
I worked with Paul Sidney at WLNG a few years back. He was sick then and trying his best to come back and work and create and live the life he knew...radio. He was a real character and very funny and loved to laugh. He will surely be missed by all his fans. May he rest in peace.
Apr 4, 2009 10:29 am

Guest (Wibby) from East Hampton says::
I first met Paul Sidney in 1964 or '65 when he did his entire broadcast from the front window of Spitz's Furniture Store in Sag Harbor while in his pajamas and in one of their beds.I never met anyone with more courage and humor than Paul. He was character from beginning to end.
Apr 3, 2009 11:33 pm

Guest (Robert I Ross) from Hampton Bays, NY says::
What a wonderful personality Paul was. I just returned from his funeral service. Paul would have been proud - - what wonderful memories and stories people told about their relationship and friendship with him. Paul was one of a kind and will be deeply missed by all of his many friends and listeners. Rest in Peace, Paul.
Apr 3, 2009 5:08 pm

Guest ( lost in acabonac) from East Hampton says::
Paul Sidney was the voice of the East End for years. He was everywhere- broadcasting live at firehouse picnics and soft ball games- he was on the air rain or shine- when big storms hit- he was the one you tuned into to get the lastest update on the storm and the clean up. Radio Days- and stormy nights- Paul Sidney was the guy you tuned in to hear.
Apr 3, 2009 4:51 pm

Guest (north fork reader) from southold says::
I can rememmber listening to Paul Sidney on WLNG in the dark on my transistor radio whenever there was a hurricane or a storm that caused a power outage- I will miss that- I particularly remember Paul valiantly broadcasting from his waterfront studio until the water rose up too high and he was literally forced off the air by the rising tide- then there was total darkness as we lost his voice and there was no one to guide us through the storm- that voice in the dark blaring out on the transistor radio as the storm raged on- Paul Sidney was a real radio guy.
Apr 3, 2009 1:59 pm

 

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